Longtime SC rep to run for state superintendent of education

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The second-longest-serving Democrat in the South Carolina House of Representatives announced Friday that he will not be seeking re-election to his seat and is instead running for Superintendent of Education of State.

Rep. Jerry Govan, D – Orangeburg, is a retired educator who previously unsuccessfully ran for state superintendent in 2014.

Govan has served in the House since 1993, but during the recent state redistribution process, his seat was given to another incumbent Democrat, Rep. Russell Ott, meaning Govan and Ott would be forced to run for office. against each other, otherwise it would be necessary to move to a new district if they both sought to retain a seat.

Instead, with his family and Ott among those by his side on Friday, Govan announced he would join a packed field running for superintendent.

Govan said he wants to restore trust between parents and educators, improve school safety, prepare children for the future and eliminate politics from education.

“We have to be good listeners as public servants,” he said. “One of the challenges that we’ve seen as a result of some of the debates that are going on on different issues – the voters there, the parents are saying we’re not listening. We have to change that.

Current Status Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman is not running for re-election, opening the race.

As of Friday night, three candidates had formally filed their candidacies — Republicans Sheri Few, Kizzi Gibson and Ellen Weaver — but others have announced plans to do so.

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